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2024 Ford F-150 Refresh Prototype Shows Off New Tail Lights

Last September, Ford Authority reported that the Ford F-150 is expected to receive a mid-cycle refresh in 2023 for the 2024 model year, which falls right within the typical timeline for the perennially best-selling pickup after it was treated to a redesign for the 2021 model year. This would give it a regular product cadence of six years – three for the pre-refresh model and three for the post-refresh pickup, as was the case with the previous generation. Then, in early December, Ford Authority spotted a 2024 Ford F-150 out testing for the very first time, and just a couple of weeks later, a Lariat trimmed model was also seen driving around, clad in heavy camo. Now, Ford Authority has spotted another 2024 Ford F-150 prototype, this time with its new tail lights on display.

While still partially covered, this is our best look yet at the tail light design on the refreshed F-150, which is different than the units present on the current-gen model, which feature a red section that’s shaped like an “E” and intersected by clear portions in between. Here, we can see a more stylized design with a red portion that starts out wider at the bottom, then curves toward the front of the truck near the top.

As for the tailgate, it’s still completely covered in camo – so it’s difficult to discern any changes that might have taken place there. However, as Ford Authority reported last month, the 2024 Ford F-150 may debut with a new multi-function tailgate that the automaker has been working on for several years now, which would help it better compete against the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500, all of which feature multifunction tailgates of some sort. Underneath, we can see a set of exhaust tips that are otherwise known as PEMS (portable emissions measurement system).

Up front, this particular F-150 prototype also has an exposed grille and headlights, which reveal a design that’s essentially the same as the current model, with a black-finished grille that appears to be from the base XL trim.

Aside from revised front and rear fascias, the 2024 Ford F-150 will likely get some interior updates as well – the types of changes we’ve come to expect from mid-cycle refreshes from The Blue Oval, particularly in terms of its pickups. That could include the addition of a new infotainment system powered by Google, which has yet to debut but is expected to arrive in the near future. As Ford Authority previously reported, the potential Sync 4 successor was expected to launch on the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning, but that ultimately did not happen.

We’ll have more on the 2024 F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. t

    Looks like styling from the Lightning, I like it

  2. cj

    Ford really needs a complete restyle of this truck….it showing its age…..doors i think will fit a 2013….to slab sided…needs to be styled a little more…still selling good….but losing ground…GM when you add GMC…and Chevy outsell Ford for last few years…

    1. Karl

      Totally agree, this truck needs a total redesign from the ground up! Nip and tuck won’t work this time. I bleed Ford blue but a new design is needed with better quality materials.

    2. Ron Burgandy

      Agree, the overall cab and bed look like the “revolutionary” 2004 model. Which was awesome back then, but very bland and slab sided nowadays. The current model with the 2009 style taillights really doesn’t do it for me…

    3. The Lone Haranguer

      Chevy + GMC have almost always outsold Ford trucks.

  3. Tony

    My money is on the new RAM 1500 Revo just revealed! Ford is “yesterday”, RAM is “today”

    1. Bryan Ide

      Yea but your Ram will be nothing but junk on wheels in 2-3 yrs. Good luck with the repair bills😂

      1. Tony

        How many times was a Ford recalled?? They earned the top spot for the most recalls in 2022. What an accomplishment. Bonuses to upper management please.

        1. James Smith

          And you think having a recall is a bad thing? It’s far from being bad because it really shows that they are aware of the issues and addressing it unlike some other manufacturers who tries to hide it and act as if it’s not a big deal lmao

          1. Jerry

            It shows Ford concentrates on “Quantity, not Quality”. Should be the other way around. AND yes, it’s a bad thing to be the recall champ. It shows you don’t care. You just want the money and don’t care what the owner has to go through afterwards.

      2. Bill Byrne

        I have a 2017 ram 1500 quad, never been to dealer but oil changes,and reg mtce,

      3. BlackWolf


    2. RWFA

      Ram Revo won’t be today until 2024 and by then an all new 2G Lightning will be launching.

    3. BlackWolf


  4. Mark

    This really looks like the Rattler, the off-road package on the XL trim with dual exhaust tip.
    Can’t wait to see the whole truck

  5. MDW

    When can Ford make a F-150 King Ranch that’s V-8 with a dual exhaust pipe. It’s not rocket science!


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